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Supporting Your Pet’s Immune System

by | Mar 12, 2020 | Blog, Cats, Dogs, Pet Health Tips

The novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, is currently making its way around the world. Worldwide, the consensus is that there is no risk of dogs or cats becoming infected. Currently one dog, a resident of Hong Kong, has tested positive for COVID-19 and only a low-level form of the virus. Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has stated that the dog’s “weak positive” test results, from nasal and oral swabs, might have been the result of “environmental contamination,” not infection.

There is still some concern that pets can act as a conduit. For example, if an infected person pets a dog and then another person pets the dog, doesn’t wash his or her hands before touching their eyes, nose, mouth or another person, there is a chance the infection may be transmitted. A great way to minimize the risk is to make sure anyone who touches your pet has thoroughly washed their hands, regularly use pet wipes to wipe down the fur, and clean paws after walks before entering your home.

There are other viruses that may affect dogs and cats including the canine flu. Some diseases, especially those created by viruses, can directly attack the cells of the immune system. They can also slowly invade one or more components of the system, weakening it.

We aren’t trying to alarm or frighten anyone. You can help your pet become less susceptible to illness and infection by supporting their immune system.

Also known as the great protector, the immune system is comprised of interacting cells, cell products, and cell-forming tissues that protect the body from pathogens and other foreign substances. It also works to destroy infected and malignant cells and remove cellular debris.

The immune system includes the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes and lymph tissue, stem cells, white blood cells, antibodies, and lymphokines (a subset of cytokines produced by a type of immune cell called a lymphocyte).

There are a number of ways you can help maintain the health of your dog’s or cat’s immune health:

  • Adding Treatibles Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Oil with naturally occurring CBD to your pet’s health regimen can support a strong immune system. Support can be tasty! Dogs and cats love our hard and soft chews as well as our oil dropper bottles, which come in several potencies.
  • Offering a fresh, whole food diet can help manage inflammatory responses. We recommend foods with high levels of antioxidants.
  • Exercise and play with your pets. When dogs and cats work their muscles, it helps to cleanse the body of toxins and keeps the lymphatic system in working order.
  • Have you ever massaged your pet? If not, now’s a great time to start! Not only does massage enhance lymphocyte function, it is also very relaxing, which is good for emotional health (and ultimately, immune health)
  • Reduce chemicals in your home and on your pet. Opt for plant based household cleansers and more natural approaches to flea and tick prevention.
  • Provide fluoride and chlorine free water
  • Talk with your vet about over vaccination and set up a protocol that works best for your pet

We all want our pets to be happy and healthy. Supporting their immune system is a great place to start!

Supporting Your Pet’s Immune System

by | Mar 12, 2020 | Blog, Cats, Dogs, Pet Health Tips

The novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, is currently making its way around the world. Worldwide, the consensus is that there is no risk of dogs or cats becoming infected. Currently one dog, a resident of Hong Kong, has tested positive for COVID-19 and only a low-level form of the virus. Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has stated that the dog’s “weak positive” test results, from nasal and oral swabs, might have been the result of “environmental contamination,” not infection.

There is still some concern that pets can act as a conduit. For example, if an infected person pets a dog and then another person pets the dog, doesn’t wash his or her hands before touching their eyes, nose, mouth or another person, there is a chance the infection may be transmitted. A great way to minimize the risk is to make sure anyone who touches your pet has thoroughly washed their hands, regularly use pet wipes to wipe down the fur, and clean paws after walks before entering your home.

There are other viruses that may affect dogs and cats including the canine flu. Some diseases, especially those created by viruses, can directly attack the cells of the immune system. They can also slowly invade one or more components of the system, weakening it.

We aren’t trying to alarm or frighten anyone. You can help your pet become less susceptible to illness and infection by supporting their immune system.

Also known as the great protector, the immune system is comprised of interacting cells, cell products, and cell-forming tissues that protect the body from pathogens and other foreign substances. It also works to destroy infected and malignant cells and remove cellular debris.

The immune system includes the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes and lymph tissue, stem cells, white blood cells, antibodies, and lymphokines (a subset of cytokines produced by a type of immune cell called a lymphocyte).

There are a number of ways you can help maintain the health of your dog’s or cat’s immune health:

  • Adding Treatibles Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Oil with naturally occurring CBD to your pet’s health regimen can support a strong immune system. Support can be tasty! Dogs and cats love our hard and soft chews as well as our oil dropper bottles, which come in several potencies.
  • Offering a fresh, whole food diet can help manage inflammatory responses. We recommend foods with high levels of antioxidants.
  • Exercise and play with your pets. When dogs and cats work their muscles, it helps to cleanse the body of toxins and keeps the lymphatic system in working order.
  • Have you ever massaged your pet? If not, now’s a great time to start! Not only does massage enhance lymphocyte function, it is also very relaxing, which is good for emotional health (and ultimately, immune health)
  • Reduce chemicals in your home and on your pet. Opt for plant based household cleansers and more natural approaches to flea and tick prevention.
  • Provide fluoride and chlorine free water
  • Talk with your vet about over vaccination and set up a protocol that works best for your pet

We all want our pets to be happy and healthy. Supporting their immune system is a great place to start!

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